The Blooming Staff: The Decadent Crowley, a Neuropath of the Fin de Siècle

“Life holds the mirror up to Art,” Wilde wrote, “and either reproduces some strange type imagined by painter or sculptor, or realises in fact what has been dreamed in fiction.” In the case of Crowley, this statement of life’s imitation of art rings particularly true. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Shakespeare and the Stars (Book Review)

Learning planetary magic and astrological systems hasn’t come easy to me. So when our channel editor, Jason Mankey, offered up Shakespeare and the Stars for review, I thought maybe this will finally be something I can easily relate to in astrology. [Read more…]

Syncretic Electric: A Brief Reflection on Fiction

Fiction definitely had a great impact on my life, as it continues to do. However, in the end, I was not brought into Paganism by these delightful fictions. I grow nervous when people appeal to these beloved friends of mine as support for their belief and practices, not because I doubt the sincerity of their belief or the efficacy of their action, but because I wonder how we could have read these same books and come to such different conclusions. [Read more…]

Syncretic Electric: Looking at our History (Part 2) – Nostalgia and Literature

Nostalgia is a powerful force in the Modern Pagan movement, in no small part because of the impact of literature on its formation. Often, when lacking real memory of the past, we have turned to literature to help us reconstruct and recreate a history that we have never really known. [Read more…]